TAIPEI - Highlighted by pair of silver medals, Purdue swimming & diving's trio competing at the World University Games combined for five top-10 finishes.
Kaersten Meitz (3), Emily Meaney (2) and Joe Cifelli (1) represented Purdue and their countries in a combined six events. Meaney won silver with Australian teammate Brittany O'Brien in synchronized 10-meter diving. Meitz helped the USA's 4x200 freestyle relay earn the top seed in the final of the event. Even though a new quartet of Americans competed in the final, finishing second, Meitz and her teammates in the prelims are still award silver medals.
Meaney and Meitz became the first Boilermakers since Ashley Karnes (1-meter diving bronze) and Robbie Hummel (men's basketball bronze) in 2009 to win medals at the World University Games.
Meitz was Purdue's first female swimmer to ever race for the USA at the World University Games. She was a finalist in both of her individual events, taking fifth in the 400-meter free and eighth in the 800 free.
Meaney was also an individual finalist in synchronized 10-meter, finishing 10th after advancing through the preliminary and semifinal rounds.
While representing the USA, Cifelli finished 18th in the 1-meter prelims. Being among the top 18 was enough to advance to the semifinal in most of the diving events, but 1-meter's format was unique. Only the top 12 advanced past the prelims, with the top-two finishers getting a bye to the final.
Jinq En Phee also performed well this week at the Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur. She won the 100-meter breaststroke with a meet-record time (1:09.00) after finishing second in the 50 breast with a Malaysian-record time (31.54).
Dating to the summer of 2009, Purdue divers have won 10 medals at the three most prominent international meets -- the Olympic Games (4), FINA World Championships (4) and World University Games (2).
As All-Americans at the 2017 NCAA Championships, Cifelli, Meaney and Meitz will headline the returning Boilermakers for the 2017-18 college season. Purdue's first meet is set for Friday, Oct. 13.
Since the end of the 2016-17 school year, Purdue swimming & diving was represented at these prominent meets...
USA Diving FINA World Championships Trials (May)
89th Ohio Valley Championships (June)
USA Swimming Phillips 66 Nationals Championships (June)
FINA World Championships (July)
Indiana Senior State Championships (July)
USA Swimming U.S. Open (August)
USA Diving National Championships (August)
World University Games (August)
Southeast Asian Games (August)
PURDUE SWIM-DIVE AT 2017 WORLD UNIVERSITY GAMES
Emily Meaney, Australia - 10-Meter Diving (Individual and Synchro)
Synchro Final, 297.84 - Finished 2nd, Silver Medalist with Brittany O'Brien
Individual Prelims, 277.00 - Finished 7th
Individual Semis, 257.3 - Finished 11th
Individual Final, 269.50 - Finished 10th
Kaersten Meitz, USA - 400 and 800-Meter Freestyle, 4x200 Free Relay
4x200 Relay Prelims - Split of 2:00.49; USA 1st in Prelims, 2nd in Final to Win Silver
800 Prelims, 8:37.54 - Finished 8th
800 Final, 8:40.30 - Finished 8th
400 Prelims, 4:11.78 - Finished 4th
400 Final, 4:10.84 - Finished 5th
Joe Cifelli, USA - 1-Meter Diving
Prelims, 332.40 - Finished 18th